Elisabeth Fritzl Describes Life Under Josef

Father would threaten to hurt kids if daughter resisted rape
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 10, 2008 2:01 PM CDT
Elisabeth Fritzl Describes Life Under Josef
A black-and-white photo shows a man who was identified by a former schoolmate as then-16-year-old Josef Fritzl.   (AP Photo)

Elisabeth Fritzl describes as horrific life under the control of father Josef in the Austrian cellar where she and her children lived, the Telegraph reports. "He was very brutal against me," the 42-year-old said of the man who fathered seven children with her. Elisabeth, discovered in April, detailed how Josef raped her three times a week, threatening her children when she denied him.

“He was just all-powerful,” Elisabeth said in her first interview. "When he was here it was all silence. He would be insulting against me and the children.” She also said Josef threatened to lock them away permanently if they disobeyed: "He said he could close the door whenever he wanted and then we would soon see how we survived." (More Elisabeth Fritzl stories.)

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